HAMPDEN, Maine — Winthrop forward Lauren Kaiser scored off a first-half penalty corner and the Ramblers made that goal stand up Tuesday for a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Dexter in the Eastern Maine Class C field hockey championship game.
East No. 2 seed Winthrop (15-1-1) will face Western Maine titlist Lisbon for the state Class C championship Saturday at the University of Maine in Orono. Lisbon, the No. 1 seed, downed No. 2 North Yarmouth Academy 1-0 Tuesday.
With 16:30 remaining in the first half, Winthrop junior midfielder Jessica Ames inserted the ball from the corner to the right of Dexter goalie Kolby Kain. Ames drilled the ball to senior midfielder Shauna Carlson, who quickly passed to Kaiser.
The senior captain blasted the ball home before the Dexter defenders could adjust.
The Tigers (15-2) came out hard in the second half but could not equalize.
Winthrop goalie Alyssa Arsenault kicked out one Tiger shot with about 21 minutes left in the game, and a shot by Dexter sophomore sweeper Marissa Mitchell off a penalty corner with nine minutes left was knocked out by the Rambler defense. Senior forward Sarah Eastman’s shot for Dexter with four minutes to go was stuffed.
Two Dexter tries at a penalty corner in the closing seconds yielded a shot by Mitchell after time expired, but her attempt went wide right.